Friday, December 26, 2014

our christmas day.

merry (day after) christmas! how was your day yesterday? ours could not have gone better. first of all, how gorgeous is this silver nativity? ^^^^ we invested in it this year in the hopes that it will become a beautiful heirloom in our family, something that our kids will come to love & admire. plus i really need to start collecting nativities, because my mom does that, ben's mom does that, & it just seems like a thing one does when one becomes a *mom.* i bought it from this website.

anyway, here's what our little christmas corner of the house looked like. a 2 & a half foot tall {fake} tree (plus the box the tree came in in the corner there, see it? classy.), the shiniest string of lights you ever did see, a pleasant pile of gifts from each other & from loved ones, & a single, sweet ornament on the tree:

this baby onesie!...that will have more significance next year, when it will actually be our child's first christmas, but it was still exciting to hang nonetheless.

we draped a few lights over this little greenery that was right there by the tree, because it's a plant too & we wanted to be fair. it's not even a fake plant, at that:

here's a peek at a few of the goodies we received for christmas, & some other photos as well:

1. i bought ben a white thermal that happened to be THE EXACT SAME ONE he was wearing at that moment, haha (he wears it so often he needed another one).

2. i wanted to try something new this year in the hopes that it would stick as a tradition: making horchata for christmas morning! & it turned out to be a huge, delicious success. i used this recipe, & added more milk & cinnamon after to taste. also, i would definitely double, at least, if not triple, the recipe.

3. i loved this calendar we received from ben's sister rosalynde. afterwards, i checked out the site that made this calendar & discovered they have lots of other cute stuff.

4. this picture maybe makes them look kind of disgusting or weird, but bubble pancakes have long been a favorite breakfast at my house. they're the best with a little spoonful of powdered sugar on top:

5. aren't these book covers fantastic!? well done, ben.

6. it was about time we had our own set:

7. a new apple technological device (in preparation for late-night nursing sessions & to keep a toddler happy on an airplane :) ) 

later on that day, we skyped into my family's christmas morning (with the exception of ben & i, all of my siblings were at my parents' house for the big day this year). it was really fun, & more than that, it was really funny. this shot of feet was particularly good:

a classic eli pose:

ma & pa:

we took this picture to send to ben's mom, but i thought i'd share: we have baby's small corner of the house {mostly} ready to go! a little crib (it's called an "urban crib" - intentionally small to fit into small city our apartment :), a print above it, & a cozy blanket (that we won't actually keep in the crib, don't worry). setting up the crib was one of the last things stressing me out, so it was a big relief to get it all situated. in other news, my pj pants have polar bears on them:

later on in the day, we headed out to have dinner with friends. coincidentally, the theme of the meal was a "shepherd's dinner," which ben & i were originally planning to have for the two of us, seeing as having a shepherd's dinner for christmas is a longtime tradition in ben's family. (here we are admiring the reflective ceiling of the elevator in our friends' building)

a shepherd's dinner is meant to include simple food items that **could have** been eaten by shepherds in bethlehem in new testament times. as you can see from the photos below, we ate things like dried fruit, nuts, olives, cheese, pita bread, & crackers. it always turns out to be really delicious & we were so pleasantly surprised that other people, namely our friends jon-david & becky, were hosting a dinner like this as well so we could bring the food we were already planning on eating.

in ben's family, they would gather around their fireplace, sitting cross-legged on blankets, & eat the food without utensils. i think it's a really cool tradition. also, this table set-up was so beautiful:

after dinner, we went to see into the woods with said friends mentioned above (here are a few reviews of the film, in case you're feeling skittish/skeptical). it was a great movie choice for christmas day: the perfect blend of festiveness, subversive wit, tonal shifts, & the oft-fraught parent-child relationship, all set to song. if that's not what christmas is all about, i don't know what is.

i'll include a funny song from the film, which takes place when one character is trying to seduce another (i'm trying to avoid spoiling anything for anyone, although the musical itself is almost 30 years old [insert eye roll here about people who become very weirdly intense about spoiler alerts]) :

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